Catholic university punishes InterVarsity Christians for removing homosexual officer
Last Friday, Marquette political science professor John McAdams blogged about the outrage of the Jesuit-run Catholic university initially suspending its InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter.
The suspension has now been changed to a probation.
McAdams indicated the suspension was imposed because of the chapterâ€™s dismissal of â€œan officer who â€˜came outâ€™ of the closet as homosexual, said he was involved in a homosexual affair which he would continue,â€ and made it clear that he disagreed with the organizationâ€™s interpretation of Christian teaching about homosexuality.
Today, Director of University Communications Kate Venne confirmed to LifeSiteNews why the campus chapter was placed on probation.
â€œThe probation results from a finding that the chapter violated its own policies and procedures in dealing with a complaint,â€ Venne said. â€œThis failure and the lack of clear communication regarding why action was taken caused significant personal hurt and resulted in allegations of discrimination.â€
She added, â€œMarquette expects all student organizations to adhere to the universityâ€™s Statement on Human Dignity which â€˜recognizes and cherishes the dignity of each individual regardless of age, culture, faith, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability or social class.â€™â€
In his Friday blog post, McAdams said that Dean of Students Stephanie Quade has reversed the initial decision to suspend the campus chapter. In addition to the current one-year probation for upholding Christian moral principles, McAdams reported that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will have to submit to a review of their constitution.
The Harvard University alumnus said that the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship mobilized a letter writing campaign in support of its actions. While Quade acknowledged receiving a large number of emails, she denied that they had a role in her decision to reverse the suspension. [more]